The Boston Bruins have been off the ice for nearly a month, and their loyal fans have already begun taking their best guesses as to how the team will be configured come fall. Guy Boston Sports chatted with a man who knows the team well, to get his opinions on what the Bruins roster might look like to begin the 2018-19 season.
The Boston Bruins traveled to Tampa for Game 5 of their best-of-seven series with the Lightning Sunday afternoon. After a heartbreaking loss on home ice 4-3 in overtime, the Bruins had their backs against the wall fighting for a chance to bring the series back to Boston for a Game 6 on Tuesday.
Brad Marchand was back on his antics Friday night in Boston for Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. His most recent victim? Lightning forward Ryan Callahan. Take a look.
The Bruins looked to even up their best-of-seven series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night at TD Garden. After dropping Game 3 with a lackluster 4-1 performance on Wednesday, Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy made plans to shake up the lines heading into what was believed by many to be a do-or-die scenario for his team, who had little desire to return to Florida in a 3-1 hole.
Game three of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals saw the series shift up north to Boston. After splitting the series down south the Bruins hoped to ride the home crowd's momentum to a game three victory. Head coach Bruce Cassidy emphasized stronger starts as the Lightning came out for fast starts in both games one and two. Tommy Wingels was swapped in for Tim Schaller but outside of that no further line changes were made. Tuukka Rask and Andrei Vasilevskiy took the nets as the Bruins looked to regain their series lead.
"Dobby should start game three to give Tuukka a break. Those soft goals show he may be a bit worn out which is his MO in the playoffs." For the sake of this take I'll leave the person anonymous but, the number of anti-Rask folks on social media has seemingly grown through the playoffs. While there certainly have been moments where the Bruins´ seven million dollar backstop has stumbled, it seems unfair to expect perfection from any goaltender on any team in the NHL no matter how much they make. That being said he doesn't have to be perfect every game and to expect that would be foolish. The intense scope that Rask is under seems unfair but as we see with Al Horford and David Price it doesn't matter how good you are people will always have incredibly lofty, unreal expectations. Despite all this Rask and company will be just fine.
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Boston and Toronto were destined to go to a game 7 and it was just as dramatic as you'd expect it to be between these two teams. Boston was able to score four goals in the third to beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 on home ice. The Bruins move on to the second round while the Leafs hit the golf course.
Believe. Go B's.
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Before I get into any talks of hockey, statistics, or the matchup I first want to extend my love to the city of Toronto; A beautiful city full of diversity, love and strength. As someone who was just an hour south of Boston when bombs went off at the marathon the sadness and fear that can cripple a city and its people is something the people of Boston and Massachusetts sadly know. While the playoffs and rivalry between the Bruins and Leafs can be bitter both on and off the ice just know tonight, the city of Boston, Bruins fans everywhere, and all of us here at Guy Boston Sports extend our sincere thoughts, prayers, and most importantly our love to you and your city through this tragic time.